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Hancock, Rees-Mogg and Fabricant LIE about vaccine to make Brexit look good

Rees-Mogg: he seems to subscribe to the view that Goebbels claimed to have swiped from the British – that if you tell a lie big enough, people will believe it is a fact.

These Tory liars really are grotesque, aren’t they?

In order to make Brexit look like A Good Thing, they have pretended that the reason the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine won approval from the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) is because the UK is no longer in the European Union.

See for yourself:

MRHA chief executive June Raine has made it perfectly clear that EU rules still apply and the vaccine was approved under those rules:

For clarity:

This Writer heard some time ago that Boris Johnson was desperate to get a vaccine approved in the UK before any other country – hence his haste to support the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine that subsequently ran into difficulties.

Now his reason seems clear: he wanted to sell us a big lie about Brexit and thought he could hang it on a vaccine announcement.

But it hasn’t worked.

Brexit had nothing to do with the vaccine’s approval.

And in any case, this is not a single nation’s achievement.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was developed by a US/German company whose scientists are mostly of Turkish origin, if I recall correctly.

If they hadn’t invented it, the MHRA couldn’t have approved it – under European Union rules.

It’s an international effort – in this time of impending Brexit, there probably could be no better advert for countries working together.

And these Tory liars tried to fool you into thinking it was a victory for the UK going it alone because they think you’re too stupid to work out the facts. Contemptible.

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Starmer gets approval rating boost – courtesy of Tory and Lib Dem voters

Keir Starmer: if Tories and Liberal Democrats like him, he’ll be electoral poison for Labour.

How humiliating for new New Labour leader Keir Starmer.

A survey by Tory-run pollsters YouGov has given him an approval rating of +23 – higher than that of Boris Johnson – partly courtesy of people who vote Conservative or Liberal Democrat and have a vested interest in duff Labour leadership.

It is no reason for anybody associated with Labour to feel proud – and certainly doesn’t bode well for the party’s election chances.

New Labour leader Keir Starmer has been given a boost thanks to YouGov polling today that shows he has a net approval rating of +23, which is higher than that of Boris Johnson.

Asked whether they thought Keir Starmer was doing well or badly as leader of the Labour Party, overall 40% said “very well” or “fairly well” and 17% said “very badly” or “fairly badly”.

More Conservative voters said he was doing well than badly, at 34% and 25% respectively. Lib Dem voters were very positive about Starmer, with a higher percentage saying well (63%) compared to Labour voters (54%).

Source: Approval rating of +23 gives boost to Keir Starmer – LabourList

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Rats leaving the sinking ship: As Theresa May’s ratings plummet, Tories are scuttling to other parties

She’s out: Ann Widdecombe has had enough of Theresa May’s Tory Party and has taken a lurch to the far-right Brexit Party formed by Nigel Farage.

Ann Widdecombe has become the latest person to quit the Conservative Party – this time to stand as a candidate for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the European Parliament elections next month.

She made her announcement on the day Theresa May’s approval ratings among members of her party were found to have sunk to an all-time low.

Writing in the Express, the former Prisons Minister whose chief contribution to UK culture was a comedy appearance on Strictly Come Dancing stabbed her former leader in the back: “Alas, a hopelessly inadequate prime minister, a gloating and determined EU and a parliament ready to dismiss the people as ignorant have combined to thwart our escape from foreign domination.”

Her words seem to reflect the findings of the latest survey of Tory Party members on the ConservativeHome blog site, which puts Mrs May’s rating even lower than that of Transport Secretary Chris “Failing” Grayling:

The commentary states: “The prime minister is bearing particular blame from party members – both, one suspects, for her Brexitfailure in particular and for the more general problems her continued leadership brings with it.

“So far as I can see this is the worst rating awarded to any Conservative ever in this question.”

With an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Conservative Party on the way, at which a vote of “no confidence” in Mrs May is likely to be voted through, it seems the worst prime minister in UK history is finally about to be tweezered out of 10 Downing Street.

Be assured her Tory replacement will be even worse.

Brexit is bad for business as pharmaceutical firm expects to pay £70m because of it

A scientist prepares protein samples for analysis at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Surrey [Image: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters].

New regulation processes, labs and approval systems for 1,700 GlaxoSmithKline products – necessitated by Brexit – will cost this single company up to £70 million, the firm’s president is saying.

That’s just one company.

Admittedly, not all firms will be affected in a similar way or to a similar degree – but if only a few large concerns like GSK are affected, what will they conclude about doing business in the UK?

And remember, this is not the only impact that Brexit is going to have, starting immediately on March 29, 2019.

Right before I started writing this article, This Writer published a piece about the effect of leaving the EU-VAT area.

Many other adverse effects have already been demonstrated, and others are being identified every week, if not every day.

Brexit is bad for business. And that means it’s bad for the UK.

Up to £70m will have to be diverted from developing new cancer drugs in order to prepare for the impact of Brexit, Britain’s biggest maker pharmaceuticals of has warned.

In a stark intervention over the extra costs being incurred, Phil Thomson, president of global affairs at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), made clear that something approaching the figure would have to be spent whatever the outcome of trade talks.

In evidence to the Commons health select committee, he said he would rather be spending the money on the company’s efforts to find new, life-saving cancer treatments.

He said the company estimated that 1,700 of its products would be directly affected by a chaotic Brexit, with new regulation processes, labs and approval systems costing “somewhere between £60m and £70m”.

Source: Brexit to swallow £70m meant for developing cancer drugs, says GSK | Politics | The Guardian


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Philip Hammond’s approval rating falls to ‘record low’ among Tories over ‘soft Brexit’ plan

Philip Hammond [Image: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters]

What does this tell us about Philip Hammond?

Actually, it tells us very little about him. Tories seem to have loved him until his Brexit plan came out last month.

So it tells us more about Tories and Brexit, really.

It tells us they would rather revert to harsh World Trade Organisation import/export rules than negotiate favourable deals on similar lines to what we already have with the EU.

It tells us they believe the UK needs stronger controls on immigration – even though we already have controls we have never used; and what about Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson’s admission that including students in immigration figures is a huge distortion of the facts?

It tells us they are happy for the UK to run up a horrifying balance of payments debt as new deals are likely to put us at a disadvantage; the current debt is more than 400 per cent of our annual GDP.

… Basically, it tells us they’ve already moved out of Europe and are now living in cloud-cuckooland.

Philip Hammond’s approval rating among Conservative Party members has sunk after the Chancellor set out his vision for a softer Brexit and advocated a lengthy transitional deal with the European Union.

A ConservativeHome survey of the party’s rank and file found that Mr Hammond had a net satisfaction rating of minus 25.4.

That represents a major fall in the Chancellor’s popularity among party members after he was given a rating of plus 32.4 before the June 8 general election.

The latest survey was conducted in July – the same month in which Mr Hammond set out his vision for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Source: Philip Hammond’s approval rating falls to ‘record low’ among Tory party members


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Has ‘Red Ed’ become ‘Red-Hot Ed’ now?

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Things have come to a pretty pass when this qualifies as news.

It seems the Conservative Party’s campaign strategy has come grinding to a halt, based as it was on claiming that Ed Miliband cannot run the UK.

First we were told he’s weird-looking, especially when eating a bacon sandwich – but it turns out the people of this country aren’t all that bothered, as long as he can do the job.

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Then we were told that he couldn’t do the job – but by then the Labour Party was already publishing one policy proposal after another which showed that he emphatically could.

Finally we were told that he’s not a nice man; he stabbed his brother in the back to get the Labour leadership (we’ve been hearing that since 2010 and it hasn’t become any truer in all that time) and he has had (gasp) a love life!

Hang on! Wasn’t he so weird that nobody could like him, only two paragraphs ago?

That’s right. The Tory narrative has become that confused.

Add to that the fact that the Mail splashed a photo of Juliet Soskice – whose husband, entrepreneur and Labour supporter Andrew Rosenfeld, passed away only two months ago – on their front page in this tatty attack Mr Miliband and the whole affair is revealed to be in very poor taste indeed.

Fortunately the public is having nothing to do with it and Mr Miliband’s approval rating has now eclipsed that of David Cameron.

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Expect desperation to set into the Conservative camp by the beginning of next week.

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Miliband’s approval rating skyrockets

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Here’s a little something you might not have noticed amid all the gossip about Nicola Sturgeon snuggling up to the Tories and the Tories snuggling up to UKIP: Public approval of Ed Miliband has rocketed by 8.1 per cent in the last fortnight.

That’s right – the man people were once denouncing for being a bit weird-looking to be PM has finally had a chance to show people what he’s really like, and people really like him.

In total – since January – public support for Ed Miliband has surged by 18.3 per cent, according to polls by the Daily Mirror and Survation.

141026cameronNow, sure, the Mirror is a Labour-supporting paper, so some of you may feel justified in suggesting it’s bound to get more Labour supporters, and this would skew the results. But, you know what? These polls tend to survey as wide a demographic as possible, so that criticism doesn’t really carry any weight. The simple fact that Miliband’s rating was at minus 14.6 per cent in January is ample demonstration of the fact.

He still has a way to go now – his rating is only at 4.4 per cent – but the climb of 18.3 per cent is far more than any other leader (including Ms Sturgeon).

The poll also shows overwhelming support for his plan to stamp out zero-hour contracts, with 64 per cent in favour and only 15 per cent opposed.

With more than a month left until polling day, there’s plenty of time for him to gain even more ground. Meanwhile, people are starting to say David Cameron doesn’t look interested in sticking around.

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